LONDON The IEE has opened an office in China in a drive to win members and provide services to Chinese engineers. . Paul Han, a former diplomat in China has been recruited to head the new office.
Professor John O’Reilly, the IEE President, said: “ “We already have around 300 very influential and senior figures who are members in China and we work closely with universities to support students. As industry becomes increasingly global in nature so engineers are demanding professional bodies that can serve them on a global basis to provide access to knowledge and professional development. Similarly as companies in China expand into global markets they want to recruit engineers who have internationally recognised standards.” “Engineers in China will be able to benefit from and contribute to our publishing and Professional Network activities. Future technological developments will depend on inputs from the leading engineers in the field wherever they are working and from different disciplines. The IEE will play its part in facilitating this growth in technological developments by providing the links to the right mix of people. Engineers from China will be at the forefront of such developments.” The IEE has an office in Hong Kong serving the Asia-Pacific region but expects the opening of the Beijing office to encourage greater interaction with engineers in mainland China. The IEE has more than 120,000 members, more than 20,000 of them based outside the UK
From right: Dr. Robin Porter, the Science and Innovation Counsellor of British Embassy Beijing; Peter Nightingale, Chief Executive, China-Britain Business Council; Professor Lin Jin-tong, President of Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications; Lu Yan-chang, Vice President, China Association for Science & Technology ( CAST ) and President of Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering; Professor Jon O’Reilly President IEE, Honourable Professor Lu Yongxiang, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Peoples Congress, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and President of Mechanical Engineering Society; Paul Jackson, Director Professional Operations IEE.